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In the vastness of the universe are we all just lonely souls under the same night sky? Hollywood star and multiple Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Matthew Broderick makes his West End debut in The Starry Messenger by Kenneth Lonergan, Academy Award-winning writer of Manchester By The Sea.

Mark Williams is lost. An astronomer at New York City’s Planetarium, he feels a closer connection to the infinite, starry sky than to his job or even to his wife, Anne.  Mark doesn’t believe in fate or divine intervention, but the universe has other ideas. After a chance meeting with Angela, a young single mother, Mark feels starry-eyed. But when a catastrophic event rips through their lives, Mark is forced to re-evaluate his life, his faith and his place in the universe itself.

Starring Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Mel Brooks’ The Producers), and Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey, The Handmaid’s Tale), this bittersweet, comic drama is an unblinking exploration of love, hope and understanding our place in the universe, by one of the most celebrated writers working today.

“Breathtaking” Time Out

“The Starry Messenger establishes Mr. Lonergan as a possessor of all the crucial parts of a good dramatist’s anatomy: a critical mind, an empathetic heart and a musical ear that hears whole lives in sentences.” New York Times

Customer Reviews

40 reviews
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15 Jul 2019

Excellent show and cast especially Mathew Brodorick.... Kept me interested all the time

Sarah Pearce
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15 Jul 2019

What a rollercoaster of emotions throughout this play! There were moments I laughed out loud and then moments I had tears rolling down my cheeks. The actors were amazing... played their characters perfectly. Wasn’t expecting the catastrophic event that happened (as they put it in the write up) to be what it was. I came out of the theatre trying not to burst into tears. I really enjoyed the performance and would recommend going to see it.

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14 Jul 2019

We were very much looking forward to seeing the Starry Messenger, especially knowing that the two main people were definitely some of our favourites! We found it too long drawn out and the dialogue was also partly too long winded and not at all interesting. On a person note, we were not enthusiastic about the whole play and found it even depressingly sad, as it didn't even end up beat or throughout the play have lightening moments. ( except when the student gave him the rating) A great pity, as we had high hopes. I nevertheless wish the play, the cast and everyone else a wonderful running and still endless great reviews to come. With best wishes for the further weeks to come with the Starry Messenger

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13 Jul 2019

Beautiful play and great performances.

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30 Jun 2019

Was pleasantly surprised to find some very funny scenes amongst the serious (but realistic) themes in the play. Acting was superb.


When is it showing

Today - 10 Aug 2019


Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0DA

Cancellation Policy

No exchanges or refunds available after purchase. 


2 hours 30 minutes approx (including interval)

How Does It Work

You will receive a confirmation email. Please print the confirmation email and bring it along with some photo ID to the box office at the theatre.  We recommend you allow 30-40 minutes to collect your tickets and settle into your seats

Suitable For Children

Recommended for ages 12 years +

When Can I Go

Performances from: Thursday 16 May 2019 until Saturday 10 August 2019 

Previews: 16 May – 28 May 2019  ( Preview pricing not applicable on 28 May)

16th July at 7.30pm performance will be captioned.    


Performance Schedule 

  • Monday to Saturday: 7.30pm 
  • Wednesday & Saturday: 2.30pm 

Where Do I Go

Wyndhams Theatre

Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0DA

Take an immediate left down Duncannon Street and then turn right up St Martins Place. Continue past the Garrick Theatre as the road turns into Charing Cross Road. The theatre is next to Leicester Square tube station.